This is what I remember:

  • I think the author was not a professional writer but the story was cited in other webs.

  • A main theme was "uploading".

  • The pace remembered me to "Accelerando" by Charles Stross: it covers a time period between the near future and the far future.

  • The main character have fallen to a "town" that is surrender by walls where there is a landscape painted. It is a kind of "natural reserve" for humans. I think this is the first part of the story.

  • The civilization out of the "natural reserve" was not very human friendly and the humans in there didn't know about outside.

  • The main character was the first uploaded person. The story explains how he makes profit from this initially and how the different copies of him interact.

  • I think that, at some point, there are two characters called Alpha and Omega.

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    Can I suggest changing the title of this question to something more specific? There are a lot of questions with titles like "Which story is this?" :-) Feb 10 '11 at 12:19
  • good suggestion, I'm going to try.
    – Robert
    Feb 10 '11 at 13:33
  • This sounds like a mixture of Tron and The Truman Show... I'm pretty sure you're going to need to add some more specific information before anyone can help you.
    – Stu Pegg
    Feb 10 '11 at 13:36
  • I don't think it is the same story, but there are some parallels with a story I wrote (A first draft of) called Web Portal dampes8n.deviantart.com/art/Web-Portal-123498206 A lot of the details are similar. Enough that I should mention it. No Alpha/Omega though.
    – DampeS8N
    Feb 10 '11 at 13:41
  • Not the one you are looking for, but another good story that deals with uploading is Peter Hamilton's "Second Chance at Eden"
    – Uri
    Feb 12 '11 at 2:00

It is a novella called "After Life" by Simon Funk, and is available online.

The text is longer than I remembered. Indeed, the main theme is uploading. At some point of the novella there are three characters called: "alpha", "beta" and "omega". They appear for a short time.

Currently a link to the novella appears in the Wikipedia page for "technological singularity".

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